Wednesday, December 11, 2019

There’s a fair amount of knitting news today, at last.

I’ve reached the turning-point of the pocket square. It’s a corner-to-corner job. It’s looking good. In the next day or two I must therefore order the yarn for the South African hap. The baby went in the other day for its 20-week scan. That shawl will be another corner-to-corner number.

I can’t find the Spring Shawl. Most odd. My cleaner, a super-dooper finder of things, remembers it being where I thought it was. But it’s not there. Even that Great Big Moth couldn’t have made off with the entire thing, plus the needle.

“Fair Isle Designs from Shetland Knitters” arrived today. I like the “Ronas Voe Fair Isle Jumper” a lot. There is also a substantial amount to read. I look forward to curling up cosily with it..

Alexander came to see me today – his wounded son Thomas was well enough to leave behind. He (Thomas) was going to have his plaster removed for a wound-inspection this afternoon, before having it replaced with another plaster.

Alexander brought me two treasures, from a neighbour of his – the original British edition of Lady Gainford’s “Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose and Knickerbocker Stockings”; and some utterly beautiful bone dp’s in a silken tapestry folder. Is there a word for such an object, with slots for dp’s of various gauges, which then wraps up and folds around?

I’ve had Meg’s Schoolhouse reprint of Lady Gainford’s book for quite a while; indeed, have knit kilt hose from it (see photo in sidebar). She – Lady Gainford – is connected to the family that owns the Big House on the Ardkinglas estate where Alexander and Ketki live when they are at home on the shores of Loch Fyne, but I have forgotten exactly what the connection is.

I suppose these treasures have come to me because Alexander’s neighbour has given up knitting, and knows that his mother is interested in the subject. I must write to her (on paper). This evening.


  1. You last mentioned the Spring shawl on October 4th, just before you went for a short trip to Perthshire. Perhaps re-reading those entries would spark a memory of where you put it for safe-keeping? I speak as someone who once put some jewellery inside a box of yarn - indeed, inside a ball of yarn - for security while we were away, and had a panic when we returned.

  2. How lovely to get a gift of beautiful tools in a beautiful case. Do show us a photo!

  3. Anonymous1:17 AM

    What a lovely gift. I cherish the antique British steel dpns an elderly friend gave to me about 40 years ago. They belonged to her grandmother and the package showed they were made in London's Whitechapel district around 1890. Please show us a photo. - Joe-inWyoming

  4. My mother once put her rings and bracelets into a cut glass ashtray and pushed it under the low sofa she was sitting on. (why? There was a good reason atthe time) it six took about months to rediscover them. I think things just move around of their own volition.

  5. Anonymous7:59 AM

    Ah yes, my husband shudders when I announce that I have put something important "in a safe place"......and he is right!

  6. I believe the tool is a needle roll. I have one for circular needles which was made for me by a sewing friend at least ten years ago. She also made a matching roll for my crochet hooks.

  7. Anonymous12:23 PM

    Safe all right. Safe from me. Jean, you may find it one day under or behind something else or just by forgetting about it. Hope it is soon! That needle roll sounds stunning. Would love to see it also. Chloe

  8. =Tamar2:35 PM

    Oh yes, the "good safe place", I know it well. But it could still be That Moth - such beings have been known to haul away large things, especially when miffed. Does she have a favorite hidey hole?
    Perhaps the bone needles should be in a glass-fronted bookcase. Kitties love to chew on such fragile things.